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Mr. Weber

Steven D. Weber

Managing Partner, Stark Weber PLLC

Steven D. Weber, is Managing Partner of Stark Weber PLLC and chairs the firm's Conflict Resolution practice areas.

Mr. Weber began his career in New York, as an attorney for one of the largest public law offices in the world. There, he provided legal advice to clients ranging from elected officials to government agencies with budgets of over $1 billion, with respect to a number of sophisticated and large matters, some of which were the subject of national and local media attention.

After transitioning to private practice with law firms in New York and Florida, Mr. Weber successfully aided individuals, management of private companies, and even other counsel through numerous public and private scenarios. Prior to founding Stark Weber PLLC, he was the founding shareholder of Weber Law, P.A.

Since moving to Florida in 2012, Mr. Weber has been involved in the community in various ways. Steve is a member of the Emory Alumni Leadership Board - Miami Chapter and is a Board member and an Executive Committee member of the Miami Children's Museum. He co-founded the Museum's Playmaker's Group, which seeks to involve Young Professionals and their families with the Museum.

In addition, Mr. Weber has participated in his local community by serving on the Board of Directors of the Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce, and was appointed to the Miami Shores Village Recreational Advisory Board, where he was elected Vice-Chair.

Please visit http://www.starkweber.com for more information.

Mr. Weber can be contacted at +1 305-377-8788 or steve@starkweber.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.